These counties have a sizable federal land area, have many ignitions, but not have experienced a large fire. Most are in the Southeast, where there is a high Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) and demographically stressed population.

Example of a Typical County — Yell County, Arkansas: Yell County has a large area in the Ouachita National Forest. It experiences occasional large fires, as it did in 2003 and 2007.

National Priorities

Vegetation and Fuels High
Homes, Communities and Values at Risk High
Human-Caused Ignitions Low
Effective and Efficient Response:
Counties in this combo have high risk to large wildfires and most counties have less potential for resource benefits than others.

Policy Options and Opportunities

Vegetation and Fuels
These counties can consider using prescribed fire as one of their primary fuel management options. In addition, there may be an active forest products industry nearby, which could support fuel treatments.

Homes, Communities and Values at Risk
These counties could adjust building and construction codes in non-municipal areas.

Human-Caused Ignitions
Human caused ignitions are a problem in these counties. Reduce accidental human-caused ignitions through the enforcement of burning bans or greater education of the danger of attended fires. Reduce human-caused incendiary ignitions by focusing on enforcement programs.

Effective and Efficient Wildfire Response
Response organizations continue to protect structures, treat fuels and target ignitions as local conditions apply.

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